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Prostitution Should be Legalized

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Started: 5/2/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Prostitution should be legalized, but be carefully regulated. Laws should protect prostitutes from abuse from their bosses and clients. All intercourse must be protected with condoms, and prostitutes must not have any STDs, STIs, or STVs. Rates must be regulated, and lack of paying will be considered rape in a court.

Definitions (
Prostitute: a man or woman who engages in sexual acts for money.
Legal: appointed, established, or authorized by law; deriving authority from law.
Sex: sexual activity; interactions intended to result in the sexual pleasure of at least one of the involved parties.
Regulate: to control or direct by a rule, principle, or method.

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Prostitution should NOT be legalzed. Prostitution is the selling of one's body for a profit. There is NO need to sell a body. To be able to sell one's body that body must be seen as property and we haven't viewed people as property since slavery.
Debate Round No. 1


Prostitution is an old job that employs many educated and uneducated people alike[2]. Yes, it is a job, by definition[4]. If prostitution were legal, more men and women would be able to have jobs they enjoyed[5].

Unfortunately, the sex-trade is unregulated. Prostitutes are often physically abused by their bosses[3]. If the profession were to be regulated, or at least recognized and offered legal protection from the government, they would be able to get help to end the abusive relationship, and hopefully never have a boss who would abuse in the first place, without getting themselves in trouble.

Prostitution is legally considered a crime, which is why many women who want to quit their jobs because of this aforementioned abuse are afraid to do so[3]. However, it should not be a crime. The thought that it is illegal to systematically charge for something some people randomly give out for free is ridiculous. It should not hurt anyone, as all participating parties have consented. In fact, it is estimated that if prostitution were legalized in the United States, the rape rate would decrease by roughly 25% for a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year.

While the spread of disease and other detriments are possible in the practice of prostitution, criminalization is a sure way of exacerbating rather than addressing such effects. We saw this quite clearly in the time of alcohol prohibition in this country[1]. If properly overseen, no one would be stolen from or financially, physically, or mentally damaged in any other way in prostitution. Things can"t get any better until people in this business can get equal rights.

[4] (From a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one's occupation or for an agreed price
[5] "We chose sex work after we did a lot of things we couldn't stand. Sex work is better. For me, sex work isn't my first choice of paying work. It just happens to be the best alternative available. It's better than being president of someone else's corporation. It's better than being a secretary. It is the most honest work I know of." -Veronica Monet, Prostitute and Author, in Gauntlet Magazine, 1994


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Debate Round No. 2


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Debate Round No. 3



"Prostitution is the selling of one's body for a profit."

Prostitution is offering sexual favors for a profit, not a body. It is just like any other services job, like a maid or tailor.

Please post, I want this to be a legitimate debate.


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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by ThatInsaneHenry 3 years ago
though I do agree that prostitution should be legalized, I feel that all the regulations and ways that you present it are bad, I might have signed up if this was a debate on "how we should legalize prostitution" but alas it was not meant to be
Posted by infrasonictoultrasonic 3 years ago
csinger put more effort on your side for a more interesting debate.
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